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The Vice President takes his push for tougher gun control laws on the road, as a prominent Democratic Senator vows to propose a new assault weapons ban. Vice President Joe Biden continues his push for tighter gun restrictions following the massacre in Newtown. Today it's a roundtable discussion in Richmond, Virginia with gun safety experts called in after the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings. Thursday it was n online discussion. Biden says the Administration supports the 2nd Amendment, but believes tighter gun laws are needed to protect Americans.
"I'm much less concerned, quite frankly, with what you'd call an 'assault weapon than I am with magazines, and the number of rounds that can be held in a magazine," says Biden.
Thursday, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) unveiled a beefed up assault weapons ban proposal to outlaw the manufacture and sale of 157 types of semi automatic weapons and magazines containing over 10 rounds. The National Rifle Association responded, saying lawmakers should focus on prosecuting criminals and fixing a broken mental health system, a message echoed by other gun rights advocates who believe bans just don't work.
"Connecticut had an even stricter semi auto ban and that didn't stop Adam Lanza from killing his victims, his mother and stealing the firearms," says Gun Owners of America's Erich Pratt.
The White House has acknowledged it won't be easy to pass these gun control proposals and says the President will travel around the country to rally support outside the Beltway.
Friday, January 25 2013, 10:10 PM CST
Houston brother will be his own attorney in court
June 18, 2013 13:02 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Roane County man will face federal gun violation charges next month without an attorney.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/17VlXpM ) reported Rocky Joe Houston will represent himself on a charge of possession of a gun by a felon.
The charge came after Houston earlier represented himself in state court on charges stemming from a police chase. He was convicted of evading arrest and reckless endangerment.
Houston and his brother, Leon Houston, were tried, but not convicted, in the 2006 shooting deaths of a Roane County deputy and his ride-along companion.
In federal court, Rocky Joe Houston is claiming the officer who charged him with the felony had no legal authority.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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